River des Peres Trash Bash – 10/22/2016

We participated in the annual River des Peres Trash Bash this year. I was a surprise site leader being asked at the last second to lead one. I had never been to the location before, but winged it quite well. While Sonora and I worked a specific site, Danelle and Corvin went around taking random photos. They even found their way onto the Missouri River Relief boat!

As always, the event was a great success and we all had a great time!

Hogan Haake

Waterfall Shelter – 10/15/2016

Today is the big day!  Last night, I took the first half of lumber out to waterfall. It was questionable how fast I would be able to drive. I had the truck loaded in a way that could make me famous for stupidity. If this worked, I would repeat the same drive with a similar load (and it did work) as today was drive 2!

The long boards are 16 feet and the short one is just 10 feet!

Danelle drove the van out with other supplies.  Since I was going so slow, she had already unloaded everything before I arrived.  I was able to back straight up and had help unloading this time.  Right after unloading, I set up the time lapse camera so we could have footage of the whole thing!

The process started out very slow while we figured out what we were doing.  There was lots of measuring and double checking before the first poles went up. 

On the back side of the shelter, the posts were 8 feet high. In order to have a good view of the river and have the roof drain, we had a slightly higher set of posts in the front. 16 foot tall posts in the front. It all made sense on paper and in the hardware store, but seeing and erecting the first 16 foot section had me second guessing the idea.

Just after this photo, we stopped for lunch. Danelle and the kids went into town to get food and I stayed behind since all of our gear and tools were out and about. I used this time to start a fire and burn stuff cause its fun!

In order to reach the top of the posts, we ended up having to put the ladder on top of the truck bed and use straps to keep the ladder from sliding off down the hill!

Eventually we slid the roof support beams across to link the two together and start building stability.

I was getting to be a pro at the crooked ladder game towards the end going up and down with little care!

There were several sketchy parts, but the video below made it all seem so easy, I wish it was so!

Danelle and I worked tirelessly on this project with the kids pitching in. But they did have some extra time on their hands…

 

 

Hogan Haake and Sonora (guest typing)

 

Waterfall Preparation – 10/9/2016

We want to put up a shelter at Waterfall and figured it was a nice day to go and get some work done. We would start by getting rid of the junk at the property. We needed the truck for this, so Danelle and Sonora rode out in the truck while Corvin and I took the motorcycle.

Once there, we went to the old shed to clear it out as much as we could. We got the serious trash packed up and put into the truck to dispose of at home.

The shed will have to come down in the next year or two as its a safety hazard for sure! We took the things that may be useful and moved them towards where we would be building our shelter.

Eventually we ran out of room in the truck for the junk and decided to call it a day and head home. Our goal of a nice easy visit to improve the property was complete.

Hogan Haake

Race To The Dome – 10/9/2016

Race To The Dome is an annual canoe and kayak race benefiting and run by Missouri River Relief. Its a great time to see lots of local paddlers and friends on the river.  In order to get to the race on time, JoJo and Andy got to my house shortly after 4am for the drive out. The plan was to get to the start and drop off the boats and gear. Then I would drive to the finish (Noreen Access) in Jeff City for a shuttle back to the start.

As we approached the access point, fog from the river rolled in thick. We ended up driving very slow as visibility was probably 100 feet. When we got to the river, we unloaded much faster than normal for us. It was very cold, so I left Andy with my rain suit pants to help keep him warm and headed out. With Google as my navigator, I had a spirited solo drive in and out of fog. I arrived with plenty of time to spare. Here are some photos of the cold morning with the fog already lifting.

The bus ride was nice (something you don’t hear often). I got to know several local competitors better. One gentleman is an expat from Great Brittan that has a dock repair company at Lake of The Ozarks. He told many stories of diving year round that surprised me.

Once we arrived, the boat was mostly prepared as JoJo had lots of time waiting for me. We competed in the Aluminum mixed division going 15.6 miles on the Missouri River. It wasn’t long till the race started. It was tough competition, but we all had similar boats. This race was more about the paddlers than the gear!

To avoid congestion, the start was split in two waves. the first wave was for tandems and teams. The first five miles of this race were nearly a sprint with a bunch of vying for the front of the pack. At one point during this time, we were in the very front of our heat, but we couldn’t hold onto this position. We eventually finished third in our division, only 5 minutes off the winner. It is worth noting that I didn’t think we had a chance to win as Tracy Lynn Martin was in the winning tandem boat. If you have not heard of her, you should look her up.

After the race, we hung out for lunch and to talk with many of our paddling friends! Due to the long day, we didn’t stay into the evening. They were having a memorial for Joe Wilson. Noreen access is often called “Wilson’s Serenity Point” due to Joe Wilson. He spent most of his free time at this access improving it and greeting anybody that would stop to chat. He had recently died.

The bridge from earlier with no fog.

Andy Clones and JoJo Newbold (my race partner) celebrating a great finish.

Hogan Haake